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Editorial Policies for Network Sites

  1. Robin profile image
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    Robinposted 2 months ago

    I'm pleased to announce that we know have more specific Editorial Policies for all Network Sites.  While there are similarities to the policies and all sites still need to adhere to our HubPages Editorial Policy, each site now has specifics that you should follow to give your articles the best chance of moving to that particular site. 

    One term to look out for is YMYL (Your Money or Your Life).  Some of our sites have stricter guidelines because the content can have an affect on your physical or mental well being, your safety, or your finances.  Articles that are on topics that are YMYL must show expertise and authority.  The Editorial Policies will explain more—please check them out!

    You can find them either in the footer of the site or in the menu bar (what we call the hamburger) on the top left of any Network Site.  Here is an example on HealDove.

    We hope that these policies provide more guidance around what we are looking for on our Network Sites.  Please let us know if you have any questions!  smile

  2. Glenn Stok profile image98
    Glenn Stokposted 2 months ago

    Sounds good Robin. I'm glad that the higher standard required for the niche sites is being clearly explained in the individual Editorial Policies. In addition to making it clear, it also helps give us better ideas of what to write about and how to accomplish the writing task to be a better fit for each individual niche site.

    I caught that part about using real names as I read the policy for HealDove. I've noticed that the real names have replaced the usernames in the comment posts recently. I guess that's all part of this plan.

    All this definitely adds authority and professionalism for the niche sites.

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

      I see real names are also being used at the top, where the author is shown.

      I have been wishing for months that this could be done - that I could just do away with the monikor and use my real name throughout HP.  This is a great start towards that and I really like it.

      Just one thing - when I saw it on my hub in HealDove it immediately brought to mind the single instance (I hope) where I referred to myself, in a different hub on a different niche site, as "Wilderness".  That has been corrected but is something to think about.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image98
        Glenn Stokposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

        Right! At least you can edit your hubs where you refer to yourself Dan. However, we can't edit comments. I have always refer to people by their monikor when I reply to their comments in my hubs. Now I wish I could edit those to their real names. It looks funny now when someone looks though the comments. Someone who doesn't know will not understand who I'm replying to. Most of the time my reply follows the comment, but sometimes I have several comments in a row that I reply to later. Can't fix that. Oh well. I'm still happy anyway for the change to real names.

  3. zahidnet24 profile image61
    zahidnet24posted 2 months ago

    thanks

  4. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 2 months ago

    Sounds reasonable but I would also suggest an editorial warning on any page with a political dimension along the lines of 'This page does not necessarily reflect the views of Hubpages (or Soapboxie) but only the views of the author'. You could spin that in a more positive way, I suppose.

    I realize that many authors are capable of producing balanced articles but many are not. Personal rants should be signaled in some way.

    In the conspiracy theories section I would go further and have a prominent warning like 'This page is part of our conspiracy theories content and may or may not be true.'

    Please leave these warnings off my high earning pages, lol.

    Also, please give my thanks to the eds for their patience with my typos and their quick edits. Let them know I am suitably embarrassed and will try harder.

    This is worth reading:  'Google Has Punished 340 Fake News Sites Since November' http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/go … 201969512/

    1. Ewent profile image84
      Ewentposted 2 months ago in reply to this

      Good idea!

  5. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 2 months ago

    I agree with Will's suggestion on the editorial warning. This would also be useful on anything related to healthcare or other fields where licensed experts are available but the topics are also covered by professional writers. I have written several pieces about HIV, and I included statements that this information was not intended to diagnose or treat.

    Meanwhile, I really (really!) love what HP is doing with the niche sites - I also think the editorial policies are very useful to those of us who submit specialized topics.

    smile

    Marcy

  6. Sue Adams profile image92
    Sue Adamsposted 8 weeks ago

    Why not make signing up with a "real sounding" name compulsory and be done with monikers altogether? I've always hated them for looking unprofessional and dubious.

    1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

      Same here. I also think photos should be of the real person (and reasonably recent) rather than off odd things.

  7. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 8 weeks ago

    Robin and Staff:

    Could we get a sticky at the top of the forum that lists each niche site as well as the editorial focus of it, the type of content and any other information that would be useful to writers?  I'd like a place where I could easily access the information, and one that also gives enough details to know how to target new pieces or how to modify older pieces to fit the editorial goals.

    Thanks for reading and considering this!

    Marcy

    1. Glenn Stok profile image98
      Glenn Stokposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

      Marcy, if you go to any niche site and click the "Editorial Policy" link, you will find details of how to target your hubs for that specific site under the section "What We Like to See" in its Editorial Policy description.

      I know you would like to have it all in one place, but at least this is the quickest way to get that information.

      1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
        Marcy Goodfleischposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

        I know the information is available on each site - I just think a compilation would be helpful. We regularly get new writers who may not know they exist, or the types of content they have.

        1. psycheskinner profile image82
          psycheskinnerposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

          As an old member I sure don't.  I don't even know where to find a list of their names and basic topic area.

          1. makingamark profile image73
            makingamarkposted 7 weeks ago in reply to this

            ditto. I think I've rarely come across an example of such poor communication re navigation.

            Is HubPages is trying to pretend to Google these sites have got nothing to do with it?

            If not then why not make a VERY CLEAR SIGNPOST for all the sites?
            Nobody should have to work out where the secret page is with all the links!

  8. Sue Adams profile image92
    Sue Adamsposted 8 weeks ago

    I made such a list a long time ago. You could copy & paste it into an offline document or bookmark the permalink of this post for future reference. Here it is:

    List of Niche Sites with Topics

    https://tatring.com/  - Tattoos & Piercing
    TATTOO IDEAS
    GETTING TATTOED
    PLACEMENT
    FIXING A TATTOO
    GETTING PIERCED
    PIERCING TYPES

    https://pethelpful.com/  - By fellow animal lovers and experts
    DOGS
    CATS
    FISH & AQUARIUMS
    REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS
    RODENTS
    RABBITS
    EXOTIC PETS
    BIRDS
    FARM ANIMALS AS PETS

    https://bellatory.com/  - Fashion and Beauty
    CLOTHING
    FASHION ACCESSORIES
    FASHION INDUSTRY
    FRAGRANCES
    HAIR
    HYGIENE & GROOMING
    MAKE UP
    SKIN

    https://delishably.com/  - Food and Drink
    APPETIZERS & SNACKS
    BAKED GOODS
    BEVERAGES
    BREAKFAST FOOD
    COOKING EQUIPMENT
    DAIRY & EGGS
    DESSERTS & SWEETS
    DINING OUT
    FOOD IDUSTRY
    FRUITS
    GRAIN DISHES
    MEAT DISHES
    SAUCES, CONDIMENTS, AND PRESERVATION
    SPECIAL DIETS
    SPICES AND SEASONING
    VEGETABLE DISHES

    https://axleaddict.com/  - A community of car lovers, enthusiasts and car mechanics sharing our auto advice
    ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES
    AUTO BUYING AND SELLING
    AUTO REPAIR
    AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
    CAMPERS & MOTORHOMES
    CARS
    COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
    MOTORCYCLES & SCOOTERS
    SAFE DRIVING
    TRUCKS, SUVS, & VANS

    https://caloriebee.com/  - Diet & Exercise
    DIETS
    NUTRITION
    WORKOUT ROUTINES
    FITNESS EQUIPMENT
    GYMS, STUDIOS, & CLASSES
    PSYCHOLOGY & MOTIVATION
    VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS

    https://feltmagnet.com/  - Crafts
    CRAFTS
    DRAWING
    PAINTING
    PHOTOGRAPHY
    SCULPTURE
    TEXTILES & SEWING

    https://dengarden.com/  - Home and Garden
    HOME IMPROVEMENT
    REMODELING
    CLEANING
    GARDENING
    LANDSCAPING
    INTERIOR DESIGN
    HOME APPLIANCES
    PEST CONTROL
    SWIMMING POOLS & HOT TUBS
    GARAGES
    BASEMENTS

    https://levelskip.com/  Video Games
    ACTION-ADVENTURE GAMES
    CLASSIC GAMES
    CONSOLES
    ESPORTS
    FIGHTING GAMES
    FIRST PERSON SHOOTERS
    HORROR GAMES
    MMORPGS
    MOBILE GAMES
    PUZZLE GAMES
    RPGS
    SIMULATION GAMES
    SPORTS GAMES
    STRATEGY GAMES

    https://reelrundown.com/  - Entertainment
    ANIMATION
    CELEBRITIES
    FILM INDUSTRY
    MOVIES
    TV

    https://spinditty.com/  - Music
    ARTISTS AND BANDS
    CONCERTS
    GENRES
    INDUSTRY
    INSTRUMENTS & GUEAR
    LEARNING TO PLAY
    PLAYLISTS

    https://exemplore.com/
    ADVANCED ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS
    ANIMAL GUIDES
    ASTROLOGY
    AURAS
    CRYPTIDS
    DREAMS
    FORTUNE TELLING & DIVINATION HEALING
    MAGIC
    PAGANISM
    THE PARANORMAL
    UFOS & ALIENS
    WICCA & WTCHCRAFT

    https://toughnickel.com/ - Money
    BUSINESS
    FINDING A JOB
    FRUGAL LIVING
    INDUSTRIES
    INSURANCE
    PERSONAL FINANCE
    REAL ESTATE
    SCAMS & FRAUD
    SELF-EMPLOYMENT
    STARTING A BUSINESS

    https://wehavekids.com/  - Family
    ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE
    CHILDCARE
    EDUCATION
    FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
    HAVING A BABY
    PARENTING
    YOUTH PROGRAMS

    https://turbofuture.com/  - Technology
    CELL PHONES
    COMPUTERS
    CONSUMER ELECTRONICS
    GRAPHIC DESIGN & VIDEO EDITING
    HOME THEATER & AUDIO
    INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY
    INERNET

    https://wanderwisdom.com/  - Travel
    LODGING
    PACKING AND PREPARATION
    TRANSPORTATION
    TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
    TRAVEL PACKAGES AND TOURS

    https://letterpile.com/   - Writing and Literature
    BOOKS
    CORRESPONDENCE
    CREATIVE WRITING
    NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES
    POETRY
    QUOTATIONS
    WRITING

    https://holidappy.com/   - Celebrations
    COSTUMES
    GIFT IDEAS
    GREETING CARDS
    HOLIDAYS
    PARTY PLANNING

    https://soapboxie.com/   - Politics
    ACTIVISM
    ECONOMY
    GOVERNMENT
    MILITARY
    SOCIAL ISSUES
    US POLITICS
    WORLD POLITICS

    https://skyaboveus.com/   - Outdoors
    CAMPING
    CLIMBING & HIKING
    EXTREME SPORTS
    FISHING
    HUNTING & SHOOTING
    RECREATIONAL CYCLING
    WATER SPORTS
    WILDERNESS SURVIVAL
    WINTER SPORTS

    https://howtheyplay.com/
    ANIMAL SPORTS
    FANTASY SPORTS
    INDIVIDUAL SPORTS
    TEAM SPORTS
    THE OLYMPICS

    https://hobbylark.com/  - Games and Hobbies
    BOARD GAMES
    CARD GAMES
    COLLECTNG
    LAWN GAMES
    PARTY GAMES
    PERFORMNG ARTS
    PUZZLES
    TABLETOP GAMING

    https://owlcation.com/  - Education
    ACADEMIA
    AGRICULTURE & FARMING
    HUMANITIES
    SOCIAL SCIENCES
    STEM

    https://healdove.com/  - Health and Wellness
    ACHES AND PAINS
    ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
    CHILDREN’SHEALTH
    DISABILITIES
    DISEASE, ILLNESS& CONDITIONS
    EYE CARE
    HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY
    MENTAL HEALTH
    OLDER ADULTS
    ORAL HEALTH
    REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
    WELLNESS

    https://pairedlife.com/  - Relationships
    ADVICE COLUMN
    BREAKUPS
    COMPATIBILITY
    FRIENDSHIP
    PHYSICAL INTIMACY
    RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS
    RELATIONSHIPS
    SINGLE LIFE
    SOCIAL SKILLS AND ETIQUETTE

    1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Sue - that is great!

  9. Sue Adams profile image92
    Sue Adamsposted 8 weeks ago

    You are welcome Marcy

    It is the 4th time I am posting the list of Niche Sites with Topics in response to a forum query.

    1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

      I still feel this would be a good sticky, or would be a great list to post in one place. I appreciate your time in compiling it, and I also appreciate that you saw my question and shared it here!

  10. Robin profile image
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    Robinposted 8 weeks ago

    Hi Marcy!  We are working on our homepage to highlight the different sites.  You can also go to the HubPages Editorial Policy for links to all of the sites.  I do think it's a good idea to have a place where authors can see all of the sites and their content.  I will look into creating a learning center article for this.  Thanks for the suggestion.

    1. lobobrandon profile image83
      lobobrandonposted 8 weeks ago in reply to this

      And while your at it Robin, once that list with the main topics of each niche site is created. Could you place it in the section where we submit hubs for inclusion? That would make it easy to pick the right site.

      1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
        Marcy Goodfleischposted 7 weeks ago in reply to this

        I second this idea!  This information needs to be available in multiple places - new writers need it when they first start, and regular contributors need it where they hang out, and readers need to know the sites are out there. The names of the sites are clever, but if we try to search for them or figure out the entire list, it might be difficult to find the names of the sites. I know the SEO being used for them is working (we can tell that by our views), but from the back end (where we are) it would greatly help to have easy ways to access the information.

    2. makingamark profile image73
      makingamarkposted 7 weeks ago in reply to this

      So why not just put the links on the existing Home Page - where people look for them and expect to find them?

      Who on earth would ever think of looking at the Editorial Policy page to find the links. It certainly never ever occurred to me - and in a month's time I won't remember that's where they are.

  11. Sue Adams profile image92
    Sue Adamsposted 8 weeks ago

    Lobobrandon's idea to put the list in the section where we submit hubs for inclusion on a niche site is a good idea.

    On the other hand, when someone is thinking about writing a new article, even before drafting and long before submission, it might be inspiring to have a link to the list of niche sites with their respective topics and editorial policies all in one place, always available. Could we perhaps put a link to it on the Stats Page?
    I wouldn't put it in the learning center,Robin, too much to wade through.

    1. makingamark profile image73
      makingamarkposted 7 weeks ago in reply to this

      They need to be on the home page or the Categories Page or a link at the top of the Dashboard to a dedicated page for niche sites (i.e. add a tab so it says Hubs | Niche sites | Earnings | Q&AProfile| Photos | Activity| Following)

      Anywhere else is just too opaque and capable of being lost and/or forgotten.

      #1 rule of getting traffic - simple accessible messages about content AND  easy navigation are critical

      When creating a new website I probably think longer about the navigation menu, how to structure content, what's the best and shortest one word topic subject for the menu - and what are the best short names for pages in the menu than anything else!

      1. Sue Adams profile image92
        Sue Adamsposted 7 weeks ago in reply to this

        Yess! We agree, and I think most people would.
        What you call "Dashboard" is our Stats Page, and that is where the new link to the List of Niche Sites with Topics, including links to their respective editorial policies should go.

        semantics, semantics smile

        Robin, to save you a lot of work, why not use the list I made, just add a link to each site's editorial policy below each entry. If you wanted to be fancy, you could use the logos as shown on ...

        ... Oh dear, I can't find the page anymore, what was it again? I vaguely remember I had to go into "help", and then maybe it had something to do with "editorial policy"? Hang on, I'll go and fetch.

        Oops, nothing, until I look down at "Bellatory". I thought that was a link to the editorial policy of Bellatory, but tried it anyway...
        http://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/13387952_f1024.jpg
        Yeeeha! I finally I found it:
        http://hubpages.com/help/sites-editorial-policy

        So, as I was saying, if you wanted to be fancy, the logos could be used as links but not really necessary for our navigation purposes.

 
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